I'm a 26 year old female who's been out of work for a month now with incapacitating pain in my joints and back. It started out in my fingers, feet, knees, hips and elbows, but one of my chief complaints is my back, at this point. I am exhausted and have a general blah feeling.
My father was diagnosed with RA about 15 years ago, in his late thirties or early forties.
This past summer, I had a condition that mimicked Lyme disease very much, that's why, I'm not a new member here, I used to go on the Lyme forum. But in the end, my condition went undiagnosed, and doctor just said it was a viral type illness and cleared up in a little over a month. During that time, I had some aching in the joints, an elbow or a knee at times. It would just be on one side, unlike now where it hurts on both sides. The reason I am even mentioning it, because I know it's unrelated, is that since it was undiagnosed, my GP ordered a lot of tests. Lyme, RA, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Complete Blood Count, etc. I tested negative for about everything under the sun.
Many months went by, I felt great. Then halfway through December I developed this pain that I've never felt in my life. I went back to see GP. He said that it could very well be RA, but since I just tested negative in the summer, he didn't bother to retest, but referred me to a rheumy doctor, who I have to wait to get into. I will see the specialist a week from Monday. GP has prescribed Celebrex for now.
I have stiffness in the morning, a general feeling of unwellness, and overnight I went from 26 years old, to about 100.
I am scared for a couple reasons. I'm scared it might be something even worse than what I was thinking, and I'm scared that I won't go back to 'normal' or anything near it, and I was planning on conceiving for the first time in the near future and am afraid I will no longer be able to.